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Gabe and Abdulla’s rainy day playlist

Winter quarter — when Californians embrace the much-needed precipitation, and students from other states pretend to appreciate the rain while secretly lamenting the wet bike rides to class and sub-optimal “winter” temps; when you desperately peruse Handshake and Cardinal Careers for potential summer opportunities; when you realize you can no longer pin your mediocre grades…

The best mixtapes of the summer

The music world has been generous this summer as more and more artists have turned to free releases. Mixtape culture, previously a rap phenomenon, has expanded to include a variety of genres that can use online releases to establish new artists or please old fans. Here are some of the summer’s most interesting happenings in rap, hip-hop, dance and dubstep.